Actress Angelina Jolie To Visit Controversial Nauru Asylum Centre
SYDNEY, July 14 (Bernama) -- Hollywood actress and refugee activist Angelina Jolie will visit the Pacific island nation of Nauru which hosts Australia's controversial asylum seeker processing centre.
Nauru President Baron Waqa made the invitation to Jolie while attending the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence Against Women in Conflict last month, Xinhua news agency reports the Australian Broadcasting Commission as saying.
Jolie opened the conference in her capacity as special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
The Nauruan government said the issues dealt with at the conference did not happen in Nauru, but that it was an opportunity to discuss the impact of violence in times of conflict on refugees and asylum seekers.
It said it believes the visit will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the facilities for refugees on Nauru, which it says are the world's best practice.
The UNHCR last year slammed living conditions at the Nauru centre as "rat-infested, cramped and very hot."
Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison denied he is worried about Jolie's visit and the publicity it will attract.